DAY 1. THE FUTURE OF CAPACITY BUILDING FOR CONSERVATION
Welcome address – To be confirmed
Conference keynote address – The role of capacity building in addressing the major environmental challenges of the 21st centuryMarianne Carter, Director, Conservation Capacity and Leadership, FFI.
Conference youth address – Capacity for the next generation of conservation practitionersLuca Berardi, Global youth representative.
THEME 1: Mapping capacity building provision and needs
- Talk 1.1 – Developing national level metrics of capacity building provision and need
Mark O’Connell, University of Gloucestershire.
- Talk 1.2 – Plenary panel discussion: Mapping the current conservation capacity landscape
THEME 2: Regional perspectives
Capacity building issues from around the world: solutions and the way forward.
- Talk 2.1 – AfricaJulius Arinaitwe, Director of Partnership, Communities and Capacity Development, BirdLife International.
- Talk 2.2 – AsiaMadhu Rao, Regional Advisor (Asia Program) – Wildlife Conservation Society; Development Coordinator – Asian Species Action Partnership.
- Talk 2.3 – EuropeNeil McIntosh, Project Manager LIFE e-Natura 2000edu, EUROPARC Federation.
- Talk 2.4 – North AmericaJim Barborak, Director, Center for Protected Area Management, Colorado State University.
- Talk 2.5 – Oceania/AustralasiaRosalie Chapple, Protected Areas Learning & Research Collaboration (PALRC); Board Director, Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute.
- Talk 2.6 – South AmericaMartin Mendez, Wildlife Conservation Society, Director, Southern Cone and Patagonia.
THEME 3: Cross-cutting capacity visions for the future
- Vision 1 – A fully professionalised conservation sectorProfessionalisation – what it is, the benefits and risks of the approach, what capacity is required to deliver it? Capacity building issues from around the world: solutions and the way forward.
Mike Appleton, Global Wildlife Conservation
- Vision 2 – The ability to evaluate our capacity building activitiesDoes it work – the development and use of capacity building evaluation methods.
- Vision 3 – Gender equality in conservationSolutions to address gender biases and access issues in capacity building and grant making systems.
Helen Anthem, Fauna & Flora International
- Vision 4 – Appropriate capacity within the next generation of conservation professionalsCapacity in relation to the needs of entry level and early career stage conservation professionals.
Stuart Paterson, Fauna & Flora International
- Vision 5 – Capacity delivered through innovative partnershipsThe role of partnerships in addressing global capacity needs.
Kiragu Mwangi, Birdlife International
- Poster session 1
- Conference banquet – The conference banquet is held from 19.30 onwards.
DAY 2. PARTNERING FOR IMPACT: A CONVERSATION BETWEEN DONORS AND PRACTITIONERS
THEME 4: Funding for conservation capacity building: donor perspectives and interactions
Session 4.1 – Big challenges & big thinking: what’s on the horizon for capacity building?
Global challenges are bigger and more complex than ever before. How are donors approaching these challenges and how does capacity building fit into the equation?
Session 4.2 – Sharing and building on lessons learned
- Parallel session 1- Defining and measuring success
Gain a deeper understanding of how donors plan and measure success for capacity building, including diving into metrics, indicators, and more.Helga Rainer, Director for Conservation Great Ape and Gibbon Program, Arcus
- Parallel session 2- Innovative partnerships
Discuss novel and effective partnerships between donors and the capacity building community. Katy Scholfield, Co-head of Programmes, Synchronicity Earth
- Parallel session 3 – Learning from Failure Hear from donors about lessons learned from case studies of programs or activities that have experienced significant challenges.
- Parallel session 1- Defining and measuring success
Session 4.3 – How do we create and invest in sustainable capacity development?
In small group discussions, exchange perspectives to explore how to create and invest in sustainable capacity building for conservation.
Session 4.4 – Improving our shared understanding for capacity development and defining next stepsReport back on discussions to identify themes and next steps to inspire a way forward from a shared understanding.
- Poster session 2
Evening side-event – Online capacity development (To be confirmed)
Eva Garen, Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative (ELTI), Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
DAY 3. TOOLS FOR GLOBAL CONSERVATION CAPACITY
THEME 5: Tools for conservation capacity – overviews, discussions, hands-on experience
- Keynote address – Thriving at work: Enablers of change at an individual and organisational levelIf we have knowledge and skills and can’t do what needs to be done, we have potential but not actual capacity. For change to be enabled we need to apply a host of less tangible abilities, attitudes and reflective approaches. This talk will begin to explore how we could foster learning environments to support the development of these critical but often ignored facets.
- Session 5.1Approximately 8 different themes designed as an opportunity to connect deeply with key issues. This will be a ‘World Café Style’ event. Questions for each table will be framed in advance by the theme leads, and a facilitator and scribe will record the important discussion points and actions.
- Mentoring and Coaching, Mark Day (RSPB)
- Training, Beth Robinson (WILDTEAM)
- Networks and Partnerships, Kiragu Mwangi (BirdLife International) and Ana Porzecanski (American Museum of Natural History)
- Technology, Stephanie O’Donnell (WILDLABS)
- Organisational development, Sara Calçada (Fauna & Flora International)
- E-learning, Ellie Smith (ZSL)
- Learning styles and plans, Thirza Loffeld (DICE) and Rod Sterne (WWF)
- Evaluation, Eleanor Stirling (American Museum of Natural History)
- Community of practice, Andrea Santy (WWF) and Christina Imrich (WCS)
- Formal education, Kate Mastro (WCS)
- Session 5.2Re-run of theme discussions (above) to provide an opportunity for participants to engage in more than one theme and have sufficient time for quality in depth discussion. At the end of the process each theme will produce a ‘poster’. These will be posted over lunch to allow participants to review and make comments). This will enhance learning and provide a record for the conference outputs.
- Session 5.3 – ‘Market place’: A celebration of our collective experienceAn offer-and-share event demonstrating a range of capacity building support available. Participants can informally move around discussing, observing and participating in demonstrations. Stalls will include:
- Higher- education programmes (Cambridge University, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies etc. )
- Conservation Leadership Development Programmes (the Conservation Leadership Programme, Russell Train Education for Nature Programme, the Whitley Fund for Nature, EDGE Fellowships)
- Professionalising PA Management online learning
- Capacity for Conservation
- Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation
We will also be running a ‘connecter-ometer’: A matrix of issues and tools. People will be able to post up their names if they have something to share, run live during the session.
- Discussion – A global network of conservation capacity builders and donorsThe potential for developing and maintaining a global network of capacity developers and donors: Problems, potential solutions, opportunities and the way forward.Andrea Santy (WWF).
- Closing keynote – A vision of the next 20 years of conservation capacity buildingSpeaker to be confirmed.
- Conference summary: Emerging themes – Overview of emerging themes from all three days of the conference and how these will be presented in post-conference outputs and eventsConference day organisers.
- Concluding remarks and thanksMark O’Connell, University of Gloucestershire.